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5 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Psychosis and Mental Illness?

5 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Psychosis and Mental Illness?

Worldwide, many people are still treating Mental Illnesses and Psychosis with misgiving and stigma, mostly because of ignorance and a misguided fear.

5 Questions asked and answered to clarify Psychosis:

  1. What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind.  When someone has some loss of contact with the real world, or what we call reality.  Symptoms include delusions and hallucinations, incoherent speech and inappropriate behaviour for certain situations.  A psychotic episode can also cause a person to experience depression, social withdrawal, sleep problems, anxiety and difficulty to function normally.

  1. What is the cause of Psychosis?

Psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illness, for instance:


Bipolar Disorder.

But there is not one specific cause and it can be influenced by everyday happenings in some cases.

Stress or stressful events, for instance, a divorce or death of a loved one.

Some general medical conditions.

Sleep deprivation.

The abuse of alcohol or drugs, such as marijuana.

Certain prescription medications can cause psychotic symptoms.

  1. Are there early Warning signs before psychosis develops?

A person will show changes in their daily behaviour.  For example:

A noticeable drop in grades or work performance.

Trouble thinking clearly and difficult to concentrate.

Paranoid ideas and suspicious of others.  Uneasiness when with other people.

Social withdrawal.

The decline in personal hygiene.

Cannot tell reality from fantasy.

Trouble communicating.

Any one of these symptoms on its own might not be significant, but if several items on the list are experienced, consult a mental health professional.  A qualified psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker would be able to make a diagnosis and began with a treatment plan.  Early treatment increases the change of a successful recovery.

  1. Can people recover from Psychosis?

When diagnosed early and the correct treatment given, it is possible to recover from a psychosis episode.  Many people, who receive treatment early, will never have a psychotic episode again.  For others, recovery means the ability to live a productive life, even if the psychotic symptoms might return, sometimes.

  1. Are there different treatment options?

Treating psychosis will involve education, medication, and stress management, monitoring the symptoms and building a support system in a healthy environment.  Medication can help in relieving the symptoms of psychosis and is needed for preventing a relapse.  Learning coping skills and stress management through exercise, relaxation techniques or practising a hobby will help towards the ability to function normally.

A better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness, through challenging attitudes and changing lives with educational information and expert advice.

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